diy shiplap photo backdrop

Who else out there is a fan of Fixer Upper?... Joanna and Chip are taking over the world, right? haha! :) Before watching Fixer Upper I had no real reference for shiplap. If someone would have mentioned shiplap I wouldn't have had any idea what they were talking about. Guys, if I could live in a farm house with shiplap I totally would. If I could live on a farm I totally would, ha! :)

But back to reality, right?... Because I don't live in a farm house and I don't live on a farm. I have come to really love the look of shiplap and I have been wanting to add a few more photo backdrops to my collection. I had some left over pallet wood from the last backdrop I made and I knew the remaining pallet wood would be perfect for creating a faux shiplap photo backdrop.


  • Pallet wood

  • Circular saw

  • Table Saw *(you don't need a table saw for this project. We used it to trim some difference pieces that we used to secure the back.

  • Hammer

  • Mallet

  • Drill

  • Screws

  • Sander

  • White paint


STEP ONE : If you're familiar with pallets, you'll know that the base of the pallet is made up of three parallel 2x4s that secure the pallet. The first step in building anything with pallet wood is disabling the pallet. I had two options. I could dismantle the whole pallet with a hammer and mallet. Or I could use the circular saw to remove the two end pieces and only have to dismantle the center 2x4 with the hammer and mallet.  I chose the second option. Using a straight edge and pencil mark a line for where you will make your cut. Use your circular saw to cut along your marked edge. Repeat this step on the other side of the pallet. When you're finished with this step you should have one remaining 2x4 in the center of the pallet. *To see photos of these steps, hop over to this post.

STEP TWO : This step takes the most muscle and patience. ;) Using your hammer and mallet gently pry away the remaining 2x4 from the pallet wood. This must be done gently so that you don't crack or break any of the wood. We tried lots of different techniques when removing the wood. We pried the wood away with the hammer. We used the mallet to loosen the wood and nails. We even stood on the wood and used our body weight. Any technique will work as long as your wood doesn't break.

STEP THREE : Once all your wood is free you can begin building.  We laid the pieces out to ensure we liked the design, then flipped the boards over. We used spare wood pieces and to secure the backdrop together. Using your drill and screws attach the boards on the back. The most important part of this step is simply to make sure the boards on the back span your backdrop so each piece is secure.

STEP FOUR : Once your backdrop is built you can start the finishing touches. First you want to sand away any rough parts of your backdrop. This is pretty quick and painless. Once your backdrop has been sanded you can apply the paint. We used a paint and primer in one and it only took a few coats to get a solid white. Because there are cracks between each board, once we had applied our paint, we went through and cleaned up the edges to give it a more finished look.

I wanted to share with you guys a little behind the scenes with my new shiplap photo backdrop. It's currently one of my favorite backdrops and I love that I can use it for flatlay photos as well!

diy shiplap photo backdrop

Are you a fan of shiplap? What are some of your favorite diy photo backdrops? xoxo. Samantha